With the garden fully in the grip of winter, and frost riming every blade of grass and every berry, the logic of its layout is laid bare
withstand the open setting. Before planting Lily and Fried improved the structure of the heavy clay with a 6cm layer of river sand, and each year they further improve the soil’s structure by adding plant material from the annual spring chop.
From the kitchen window at the back of the house, the eye is drawn past sharply cut cubes of yew in the formal garden, through the meadow to the grass garden. Here it settles on a pair of 6m Corten steel doorkijktorens, or ‘see-through towers’, designed by family friend Frans van Lint. The perforated patterns of the rusty metal reference both the trees beyond and the rich browns of the grass garden’s winter colours.
The couple enjoy walking the paths of the garden to admire the grasses at their full height whatever the weather. “We wait for winter,” says Lily.“Walking in the garden in winter on the paths between the tall grasses and the seedheads of plants is quite impressive. And with hoar frost it feels almost magical.” USEFUL INFORMATION Address Leuthsestraat 6, 6575 JE Persingen, the Netherlands. Tel +31 (0)24 6631483. Website tuindevilla.nl Open 15-16 June and 17-18 August 2019, 11am-5pm, and by appointment for groups of 12 or more in June and 1 August – 8 September.